Mon, Oct 02, 2006 - Page 19 News List

Dodgers bag playoff spot


National LeagueGreg Maddux pitched Los Angeles back into the playoffs, outpitching star rookie Matt Cain, hitting a single and even stealing a base as the Dodgers won their sixth straight game, beating the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Saturday.

After winning the National League West division in 2004, the Dodgers went 71-91 last year.

Los Angeles and San Diego both clinched postseason berths and were tied for the division lead heading into the season's final day. The Padres have the tiebreaker and will win the division if the teams finish with matching records.

Padres 3, Diamondbacks 1

At Phoenix, David Wells' first victory since he was traded to San Diego put the Padres in the playoffs for the second straight year.

Cardinals 3, Brewers 2

At St. Louis, pinch-hitter Scott Spiezio hit a bases-loaded triple with two outs in the eighth inning, moving St. Louis to within one win of clinching the NL Central division.

Phillies 4, Marlins 3

At Miami, Philadelphia overcame an early deficit and nursed a one-run lead through the final seven innings to beat Florida.

Mets 13, Nationals 0

At Washington, Julio Franco tied a career high with five RBIs, helping Tom Glavine earn his 290th career win for NL East champs New York.

Pirates 3, Reds 0

At Pittsburgh, Marty McLeary, a journeyman minor leaguer most of his career, pitched seven shutout innings in his second major league start as Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati.

Rockies 11, Cubs 9, 14 innings

At Chicago, Jeff Baker singled in two runs with two out in the 14th inning and Colorado recovered after squandering an eight-run lead to Chicago.

Astros 5, Braves 4

At Atlanta, pinch-hitter Orlando Palmeiro's single drove in the tiebreaking run as Houston scored three times in the ninth inning, then held off Atlanta to preserve its playoff hopes.

American League

Playoff-bound Detroit missed a chance to clinch the American League Central when David DeJesus hit a two-run triple in Kansas City's seven-run first inning on Saturday, leading the Royals to a 9-6 victory over the Tigers.

Detroit would have clinched the division with a win after the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 earlier in the day, cutting the Tigers' magic number to one.

Following a 1 1/2-hour rain delay at the start, Joey Gathright opened the game with a double against Zach Miner (7-6) and advanced to third when Esteban German singled to cap a 10-pitch at-bat. DeJesus hit the first of his two triples in the game for a 2-0 lead and Mike Sweeney followed with a two-run homer, giving the Royals a cycle with the first four batters.

White Sox 6, Twins 3

At Minneapolis, Jon Garland took a shutout into the ninth inning and Tadahito Iguchi had a homer among his three hits and three RBIs, leading Chicago past Minnesota. The Twins missed another chance to move ahead in the division race, leaving Detroit needing one win or a loss by Minnesota to clinch the AL Central.

Blue Jays 6, Yankees 5

At New York, Alex Rios smashed a go-ahead, two-run triple against T.J. Beam as Toronto rallied from a 4-1 deficit in a four-run seventh inning to beat New York, getting three unearned runs after an error by backup first baseman Andy Phillips.

Mariners 3, Rangers 1

At Seattle, Adrian Beltre homered twice and Felix Hernandez pitched seven strong innings to lead Seattle over Texas. Hernandez (12-14) allowed just four hits and faced only one batter over the minimum number possible through the first 6 1/3 innings.

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